Backlash fear prompts Christian families to flee

Published: August 20, 2012

Centre for Law and Justice said that the government has failed to provide security to these Christian families who fled their houses after clerics pledged to attack Christians and evict them from the neighbourhood.

ISLAMABAD: Amid reports of many Christian families fleeing the town near the federal capital in fear of a backlash, President Asif Ali Zardari on Sunday sought a detailed report on the arrest of an 11-year-old Christian girl on blasphemy charges.

Rifta Masih – who suffers from Down’s Syndrome – was jailed by the police in Meharabadi village, near Islamabad, on Saturday after being severely beaten up by locals, for allegedly burning 10 pages of the Noorani Qaida.

After the issue was highlighted in the media, Islamabad police registered a case against the imam of the local mosque of Meharabad area near G-11 sector for instigating locals to set the minor girl on fire.

“Investigation is under way and the authenticity of the incident, age of the girl and her motive are yet to be determined,” said the station house officer (SHO) of the Qasim Niazi police station. Instead of trying to contain the situation and allaying tensions in the area through deployment of police, the SHO simply asked the Christian community of the area to run for their lives.

The official revealed that a new FIR has been registered against the cleric and 175 others who he claimed have approached the police with a demand to hand over the Christian girl so she could be set on fire publicly at the main chowk of the area.

Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Harmony Dr Paul Bhatti told The Express Tribune that Rifta would be medically examined. Bhatti said that he has also taken up the issue with religious scholars of different sects, who, after Eidul Fitr, will determine whether Rifta’s act was deliberate or unintentional, since she is only a child.

A cleric, who talked on phone on the condition of anonymity, gave The Express Tribune his version of the incident. According to him, he was teaching Quran to students in the mosque when he heard noises of neighbours beating someone. When he approached the scene, he was told that the girl, who he himself admitted was a minor, had taken away a copy of the holy book from a neighbour’s house and set it on fire.

The cleric vowed to defend “Islam in this world and the next” and claimed that after witnessing the incident he, along with some other locals, approached the police for registration of a case against the girl.

He said when the police remained reluctant to register the case, locals were forced to stage a protest. While the cleric claimed that it was he who approached the police for legal action, the police said that they saved the girl and her family through a timely intervention or the mob led by this cleric would have burnt the girl alive.

SHO Niazi said that if a timely operation was not conducted, locals could have burnt the Christians of the area. Others said that instead of denying the allegations, the Christian population fled the area. Abdur Rehman, 24, who also lives in the area, said that he wanted to kill the girl but police escorted her along with the family.

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Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Human Rights Cell has expressed concern over the detention of the juvenile Christian girl. The Human Rights Cell proposed that in any such event, law must allow leadership of religious communities and district administration to jointly probe the matter before the registration of a complaint and arrest.

According to the Centre for Law and Justice, at least 200 to 300 Christian families from Meharabadi Jaffar, Sector G-12, Islamabad, have fled after Rifta was accused of blasphemy.

The organisation said that the government has failed to provide security to these Christian families who fled their houses after clerics pledged to attack Christians and evict them from the neighbourhood.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 20th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (80)

  • Haris Chaudhry
    Aug 20, 2012 - 4:16AM

    Shameful and utterly disgusting !

    Where is the IK condemning this ghastly crime of arresting minors and those with down syndrome on the mere reporting of blasphemy…? Where are his trolls and die-hard fans ?

    Is your screaming and abuse limited to ‘liberals’ or you guys not see the path that we are treading to oblivion ?

    Where is the CJ.

    This nation deserves everything it gets – Dont just blame zardari, nawaz sharif and other politicians. We are all responsible for turning it into the most hated and intolerant nation in the world.

    Shameful..Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Aug 20, 2012 - 4:19AM

    Burning mentally ill children alive? This imam is a heretic. He is no muslim he preaches evil.

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  • Pakistani Pakhtoon
    Aug 20, 2012 - 4:33AM

    i dont blame this imam only, Pakistani mindset supported such kinda religious extremists for fighting a war in afghanistan

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  • Winky
    Aug 20, 2012 - 5:33AM

    What a religion.

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  • sumi91
    Aug 20, 2012 - 6:11AM

    shameful incident…..Must be dealt in the realms of law, Minorities must be protected against indiscriminate persecution..

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  • faraz
    Aug 20, 2012 - 6:17AM

    Not surprising in a country where Mumtaz Qadri is a national hero

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  • ali mustafa
    Aug 20, 2012 - 6:17AM

    Insanity.Where is our hyperactive judiciary.Recommend

  • Truth detector
    Aug 20, 2012 - 6:41AM

    Insanity at its worst….May Allah forgive
    us for sins of these insane , illiterate mullahs &
    bigots…!

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  • Asad
    Aug 20, 2012 - 7:08AM

    Killing of mentally disabled children on the eve of the day when the Quran was bestowed upon us. No wonder our country is going to crap. Then we have the audacity to pray to Allah for the success of this nation. Qaid-e-Azam would be proud

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  • Abdul Basit
    Aug 20, 2012 - 7:24AM

    All the screaming and protests on the burma issue but not a single peep out of the faithful over the beating up and jailing of a mentally challenged child.Such disgusting hypocrisy from our public.Is a crime only a crime when the victim is a Muslim?

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  • joan
    Aug 20, 2012 - 8:06AM

    @Ahmed:
    he is muslim, that is why is is speaking like this. we don’t trust your sympathized comments, these are just showups.

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  • Sadia Mahmood
    Aug 20, 2012 - 8:07AM

    @ ET The child is only referred as a Christian girl in your reporting. What does that mean? Is she not a human and a Pakistani?

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  • Raw is War
    Aug 20, 2012 - 8:22AM

    @ Ahmed. You get Imams you deserve.

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  • Ali
    Aug 20, 2012 - 8:39AM

    Allah would be ashamed to see these medieval people calling themselves saviors of Islam.
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  • Dr Reddy
    Aug 20, 2012 - 8:56AM

    I recommend all people, Shias & Ahmedis or non muslims who are not treated as equal citizens in pakistan , should apply for Indian citizenship.
    The constitution of the republic of India has a provision for granting citizenship on such basis.30% of all Muslims in India are Shias.Muhurram is a public holiday
    Also India is the Birth place of Ahmadiyya, There are no legal restrictions on the religious activities of Ahmadis in India and Ahmadis are free to practice their religion and call themselves Muslims.. However they do face discrimination from other Muslims… but remain protected by law.
    I do not believe we have a problem with providing for people who are victims of religion …Recommend

  • QASIM
    Aug 20, 2012 - 9:08AM

    Why we do not hear any othre case like this in any othre muslim country.? there is urgent need to normalise these ultra muslim ROBOTS.please help them to become normal human.

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  • A Fact
    Aug 20, 2012 - 9:43AM

    A “Learned” cleric vs a minor girl with Down’s syndrome. Who do you think actually requires psychiatric help?

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  • Faraz
    Aug 20, 2012 - 10:37AM

    if I was in authority i would have sent this clerk to jail for terrorism as it is terrorism to burn people alive or to threaten to do that.Recommend

  • HS
    Aug 20, 2012 - 10:39AM

    Well done muslimsRecommend

  • Aug 20, 2012 - 10:49AM

    In fact,
    police had made a mistake by registering case against local religious leader.
    In the preliminary stage there must be fair investigation.
    Police by registering case against other people came to police with complaint.fueled unrest.
    Now it is essential be transferred the Station House Officer a team consisting on local notables for investigation the allegation against local minor girl who is mentally unfit as reported by the media.

    The girl arrested needs medical examination.
    In case the crime deliberately committed then she deserve to punishment.
    If she proved imbalanced minded figure then be released forthwith because imbalanced minded person are not responsible for her/his acts.

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  • Supressed, Opressed, Depressed
    Aug 20, 2012 - 10:52AM

    So the fire has reached islamabad and will engulf everything soon.

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  • Kartik
    Aug 20, 2012 - 1:35PM

    @ET
    Why to use the word “backlash”?

    The word attempts to justify the violence as a natural and legitimate response by the majority community to protest the incident (burning the holy book), which really happened or not is still under doubt.

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  • Imran Con
    Aug 20, 2012 - 2:30PM

    @Sadia Mahmood:
    In all fairness, the topic is based on religious motives. It’s not an isolated concept. It’s Muslims in that area going after Christians. “People” going after “a human girl” is ambiguous and poor writing. They’re right to word it the way they did.

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  • Sradhanand from Mauritius
    Aug 20, 2012 - 2:49PM

    Pakistani muslims ,please come to Mauritius in order to learn how muslim minority is treated here where we have Hindu majority. We are people of Africans Chinese Indian and European descent here. plaese come and learn

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  • Observer
    Aug 20, 2012 - 3:14PM

    Just amazed by number of people emphasizing that its wrong to kill the girl as she is minor or / and has a down syndrome. Really!!!!

    So it would have been absolutely ok to kill her for burning few pages of a book(taught in grade 3) if she was an adult and of sound mind.

    Bravo!!!! Fellow Humans!!! Bravo..

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  • zain
    Aug 20, 2012 - 5:43PM

    thousand of Muslims are back lashed by govt. and agencies and they don’t flee.don’t make lame excuses

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  • somebody1
    Aug 20, 2012 - 6:06PM

    Pakistan as jinnah had dreamed, what a peace loving country..!!

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  • Kabir
    Aug 20, 2012 - 7:11PM

    If the girl is really mentally ill, than she is not responsible for her actions. Otherwise, she should be punished for blasphemy. But punishment according to the law, not stoned to death by a mob.

    For all those “liberals” against the blasphemy laws: Pakistan is a Muslim country and was created on the basis of Islam. Why should we allow blasphemy against Allah and his Prophet?

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  • unbeliever
    Aug 20, 2012 - 8:52PM

    @Dr Reddy:

    mr. reddy thank you for your advice. but, you seem to be very short-sighted.

    in the recent mayhem in lucknow(yes lucknow, not mumbai, but you don’t know because it was not televised by mainstream media), it were all muslims, from all denominations, shias and sunnis breaking anything lying in their way from BUDDHA’S statue to AMAR JAWAN JYOTI.

    so, down with your liberal ranting, because the moment they see a sea of hindus, they reduce themselves to just muslims and not sects, and go on doing idiotic things…..
    no ahmadiya, no shia….hindus are welcome…….because of the simple reason that they do not have any other country to migrate…..

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  • Abdur Rahman
    Aug 20, 2012 - 9:16PM

    @ Harris Chaudhry Here is what IK has said and what PTI has been posting on FB, twitter etc. since morning:

    Imran Khan’s statement:

    “Shameful! Sending an 11yr old girl to
    prison is against the very spirit of
    Islam which is all about being Just
    and Compassionate.1/2…2/2 Poor child
    is already suffering from Down
    Syndrome. State should care for its
    children not torment them. We demand
    her immed release.On Eid it saddens me
    to see how we have lost the essence &
    spirit of r great religion Islam – the
    sense of Justice & Compassion.Killing
    of all innocent ppl is against the
    spirit of Islam. The loss of this
    essence of r Faith is visible in the
    brutal killing of Shias.” (Imran Khan-
    )

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  • Umar
    Aug 20, 2012 - 9:22PM

    Our country has become a home of blood thirsty hounds. And their thirst will not be satisfied. Allah will not forgive those who misuse the religion and have no mercy.

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  • gp65
    Aug 20, 2012 - 10:19PM

    @Dr Reddy: Sorry. DIsagree with your thought process. Indian Muslims ARE Indians and have every right to India’s resources just like Indians of any other faith. But when it comes to Shias, Ahmedis from Pakistan – well I have sympathy for their fate but these people did not hold back from oppressing Hindus in Pakistan. It is only now that that there are hardly any Hindus left to oppress that they are the new victims. They need to stay in their own country which they voted for on the basis of their religion and solve their problems. India is not open to them.

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  • jibran
    Aug 20, 2012 - 10:20PM

    I’m curious… How the imams and clerics handle the pages which get torn accident off religious books, or extremely old copies of books if they have become worn out, or eaten by termites? Or the news papers with Quranic verses written on them? Please enlighten me!

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  • Aug 20, 2012 - 10:22PM

    Just pick a majority-Chiristian country’s embassy and seek asylum there. Thats the simplest way to escape this persecution.

    There are many many such countries: Italy, France, Germany, Australia, Canada. The list is long. I am sure they will accept you as India is accepting the Hindu refugees.

    Good luck. You guys really need it.

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  • Giri
    Aug 20, 2012 - 10:34PM

    @unbeleiver,
    I haven’t heard of the lucknow riots where they destroyed buddhist idols. where is the link? I can provide info in Deganga riots in 2010 (Google an read its blogspot) where similar thing happenned.
    Dr. Reddy garu, Especially you have to read about those riots.

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  • 3rdRockfromtheSun
    Aug 20, 2012 - 10:35PM

    An 11 yr old girl with Down’s syndrome (reduced mental faculties) goes into a neighbour’s house (did she break in or was she let in?), manages to locate, identify and steal a copy of the Koran (it would take a competent adult some time to do this assuming it is beng done without the owner of the said house knowing about it, and this girl does it quickly by herself!), brings it out without alerting said neighbours (else they would have stopped her), and then manages to set-it on fire!!! And no one questions whether this incident really did happen or is she and/or her family / community being framed? Apparently, the community has vacated their residences out of fear – leaving it open for land-grabbers.
    And your ‘President’ has ‘taken notice of this incident’!

    This is the same mentality that accepts as genuine the ‘sudden romance, elopement and change of religion’ by teenage minority girls, who elsewhere would be considered as minors.

    As pakistan races backwards to the middle ages…

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  • Midhat
    Aug 20, 2012 - 11:14PM

    @joan:
    @Ahmed:
    he is muslim, that is why is is speaking like this. we don’t trust your sympathized comments, these are just showups

    So you mean since Hitler was a chirstian, that is why he ordered killing of Jews? or when some phsycopath righwingers justified the killing of muslims in gujrat riots, they did so because they were Hindu’s?

    Brother you cant attribute evil acts of humans to a religion. Its sad though how we start profiling people..
    I hear about some violent acts done by Christians and Muslims both, in some african countries.. It would be a shame if i start demonzing Chirstianity and Islam for the acts of some

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  • Ali
    Aug 20, 2012 - 11:31PM

    @Kabir: Dear Kabir, I think no one should say anything negative about the religion of someone else, that is a pure question of respect! But which human has the right to take action himself based on s.th. like blasphemy? Shouldn’t we all just be judged by Allah himself?
    We humans tend to think we are intelligent, but too often we act out of emotions, hate and anger. I understand that in these times Muslims feel like they have to defend themselves. I also don’t like most things that are going on. But to proscute someone for an opinion is purely medieval! Even if it is a mentally healthy and adult person! In this sense the enlightenment is still a long way to go for this society!
    A true Muslim is a peaceful person seeking peace!!!

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  • MIR ALI
    Aug 20, 2012 - 11:53PM

    That religious Bigot Zia-Ul-Haq has destroyed the social fabric of this country. Also Blame others, the likes of Musharraf, Benazir and Zardari, who did not repeal this law.
    The danger to Muslims in Pakistan is from Taliban. Jinnah’s vision is totally desecrated. And Imran Khan is also phony. Overrated. Recommend

  • Arijit Sharma
    Aug 20, 2012 - 11:56PM

    The very thought of a Hindu lineage is so probably so distasteful that Muslims in the sub-continent feel a need to prove their Islamic identity at every opportunity. The poor girl has fallen victim to this mentality.

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  • Avtar
    Aug 21, 2012 - 12:16AM

    The US should take out some of these seminaries and their leaders with their drone attacks.

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  • Hassan
    Aug 21, 2012 - 2:07AM

    Islamic law states that those of unsound mind cannot be held resposible for there actions, i don’t know who is of unstable mind in this case the 11 year old girl who has learning difficultys, the so called ‘imam’ who is supposed to know the islamic law, or the so called muslims who were baying like the Ku Klux klan. Allah please help us

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  • Pak1
    Aug 21, 2012 - 2:37AM

    It’s not just the girl who has down syndrome. It’s the nation who is affected by it It’s sickening to see the name of Islam being exploited by the mafia.

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  • Vikram
    Aug 21, 2012 - 3:17AM

    Quiet possible Muslims want that land where Christians live. Some one who knew girl was mentally retarded, gave her some papers and asked her to burn them.

    There are few different versions of the story going on. One is girl worked for some one who gave her some pages (not from Quran) as radi. Now Muslims are talking she stole Quran and burned it.

    Pakis are treating Christians as dirt and Christians majority countries are giving billions of dollars of Zakat every year.

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  • Vikram
    Aug 21, 2012 - 3:43AM

    cleric and 175 others …… have approached the police with a demand to hand over the Christian girl so she could be set on fire publicly at the main chowk of the area.

    Pakistan is land of pure. Islam is fastest growing “true religion”. Pakistani Muslims should invite “converts to Islam” to see Islam in action.

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  • Asok
    Aug 21, 2012 - 4:30AM

    Ahmadis are Muslims.
    Ahmadis are Muslims.
    Ahmadis are Muslims.Recommend

  • gp65
    Aug 21, 2012 - 5:10AM

    @Sadia Mahmood: “@ ET The child is only referred as a Christian girl in your reporting. What does that mean? Is she not a human and a Pakistani?”

    Yes. There is a reason she is referred to as a Christian child. She was targetted because she is a Christian. Not only that, other Christian families are also being targetted by this imam and gang for the same reason. Thus this incidence denotes bigotry and is not just the case of aone random evil man performing an evil act. Rather, it is the act of a man who uses his religious power to influence people to torment someone of a different faith.

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  • Umer
    Aug 21, 2012 - 6:17AM

    If Government can’t maintain its writ in Islamabad then where else can it have its writ?

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  • HADI SAKEY
    Aug 21, 2012 - 8:05AM

    The price of land in Sector G 12 is very very high. Some people say that panic was created so that the Christian family should run away and vacate that place for Builders. The easiest way was to scare them in the name of religion. Blasphemy was invoked. Curse on Ziaul Haq the illiterate soldier who introduced such harsh laws just to retain power.

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  • Jihad Bil-Qalam
    Aug 21, 2012 - 8:53AM

    @Abdur Rahman:
    Did Imran Khan “say” anything in Urdu that the 180 million Pakistan could watch and hear on the TV? You may be surprised to know that a dominant majority of Pakistanis does not follow twitter and facebook? Essentially Imran Khan has not said anything about this important episode.

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  • Ali Awan
    Aug 21, 2012 - 9:04AM

    Why taking a seious note only when the person in question is a christian..I thought serious notes should be taken every time a human being is subjected to injustce regardless of religion/race/color. And furthermore, my dear America is killing scores of innocent people in the name of colletaral damage every second day in Pakistan, has any note been taken on the issue. Quit making headlines just because some one in Christian….

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  • kaalchakra
    Aug 21, 2012 - 9:49AM

    People running away merely out of fear?!

    What on earth is happening to good Pakistani people? First, PPP bans SMS services like Indians did, just when I was amusing myself with the news of expected Indian cowardice and irrationality. Now, Pakistanis are leaving home and hearth merely on account of ‘fear’ just as Indians did.

    This is the major problem in Pakistan – just far too much Hindu blood to abandon local nonsense.

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  • Babar
    Aug 21, 2012 - 11:33AM

    Welcome to Islamistan

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  • Enlightened
    Aug 21, 2012 - 11:52AM

    Fire of intolerance and hatred would result in whole country going into the flames.

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  • asma
    Aug 21, 2012 - 12:04PM

    @Sultan Ahmed:
    “In case the crime deliberately committed then she deserve to punishment.”

    In fact, after a comment like this it may be YOU that needs the help!

    Whether the CHILD has a mental disability OR NOT, she is 11 years of age and unable to form the required mental intention to commit an offence.

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  • asma
    Aug 21, 2012 - 12:07PM

    “The cleric vowed to defend “Islam in this world and the next.”

    Perhaps the cleric can be sent to the next world sooner rather than later!

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  • destiny
    Aug 21, 2012 - 1:01PM

    It was wellknown from the day of inception of pakistan . Sad thing is that some leaders couldn’t see future at that time

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  • Akku
    Aug 21, 2012 - 1:40PM

    Thanks saudia Arabia for these barbaric laws, & wahhabism version of islam in pakistan introduced by ZIA. imran khan should repel these laws and make pakistan a secular state.

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  • magus
    Aug 21, 2012 - 1:46PM

    @MIR ALI: The public have destroyed the fabric. Zia was only an instrument. There were huge anti-ahmedi riots in the 50s to remove Zafarullah Khan as foreign minister, there were riots again in 1972-73 when ZA Bhutto was forced to declare Ahmedis non muslim. So it was all done on public demand. Large majority of public seems to support this atmosphere, the minority fringe is you folks who comment here. The majority are people who contribute to buy guns for mujahids on fridays, who participate in difa-e-pak processions, who bay for blood of blasphemers, who shower petals on murderers of governers. So poor zia did only what his public wanted him to do. If it were otherwise, some of these laws would have been repealed

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  • Jaideep Gupta
    Aug 21, 2012 - 4:40PM

    It is sad to find that an imam is actively involved in torturing a girl who herself didn’t know what she was doing.Even he requested police to hand over the girl to a mob who could set her on fire.I don’t how this barbaric man could be an imam of mosque. He should be immediately thrown from the post.Such is the condition of Pakistan where living in peace is unbearable for minority.

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  • Abdur Rahman
    Aug 21, 2012 - 5:01PM

    @Jihad Bil-Qalam What are you saying? Its the job of the media to bring into news whatever statements a leader gives.

    Imran Khan’s statement is all over the International news papers, its in the Telegraph, the observer, the Indian NDTV, CNN.com etc..but I couldn’t find the Pakistani news papers reporting it. Similarly the URDU news papers can translate statements and make them news (just like other Asian news papers have!!). Similarly the URDU news channels are bound to report any condemnation in URDU (just like they keep reporting every other statement by IK). Also it is when the journalists questions you on something that you go on to make a statement on TV OR you can do a press conference…

    IK made similar statements in the past (in English first) about Mumtaz Qadri, bt they were widely reported in Pak news papers, and the Mullahs got to knw abt that too, even though the original statement was in English. So it all depends on how the media reports.

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  • Ahmadi
    Aug 21, 2012 - 6:47PM

    A completely dispicable act. My heart goes out to the christian girl, her family and her community. May Allah grant them patience and a peaceful life, and may the ignorant mentality of the Pakistani mullahs be corrected by Him. The so-called pious defenders of Islam preach Quran and Sunnat but don’t follow them themselves. A woman used to throw garbage on the Holy Prophet(pbuh) everyday when he was on his way, but when one day she didn’t he went to check if she was okay. That is the teaching of Islam, patience (sabr) and controlling ones anger, NOT killing anyone who raises their voice against you just because your feelings were hurt.

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  • Jihad Bil-Qalam
    Aug 21, 2012 - 6:54PM

    @Abdur Rahman:
    If Imran Khan truly wanted to condemn the atrocity against the Christians, he would have made a strong statement appearing on the TV using Urdu language, just like the way he condemns drone attacks day in and day out. However, he knows that openly condemning these brutalities against Christians, Shias, and Hindus will undermine his support among the Islamist radicals.

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  • Abdur Rahman
    Aug 21, 2012 - 9:43PM

    @Jihad Bil-Qalam yeah he openly condemns the drone attacks in the “interviews,” right?? so does he openly condemn the Taliban activities in urdu on tv in those very interviews. He has been condemning attacks on schools and the be-headings openly and in urdu, and the videos are available on youtube. And there are videos on youtube where u can find some Mullahs talking against him, especially chek out the reaction videos to his statements against Mumtaz Qadri.

    But coming to this issue; lets see some of his upcoming interviews maybe he talks abt this in them. But you are misinformed on the issue of shias. He has been condeming violence against them openly in jalsas and interviews (example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAXj36bfLXU ) PTI even conducted protests against this. Imran khan even visited a shia community in Quetta in April 2012 to offer his condolences. In june when he called attacks against Shia as barbaric and called for a ban on Lashkar-e-jhangvi, there were counter threats by a lashkare jhangvi personell to him. Just yesterday in two pre-recorded interviews he openly condemned the brutality against them. Chek out this one:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYawqnId-VY (at 10:15 )

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  • Abdur Rahman
    Aug 21, 2012 - 10:25PM

    @ jIHAD BIL-qALAM this is my second post in response to ur previous statement. There are 2 very imp videos which i would like to share. Firstly i found the interview where Imran khan spoke against killings of Hindus in Urdu on tv :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gQFI2uuw9Q&feature=channel&list=UL. aW

    Also here’s a video where the minority leaders from Christian, Hindu and other religions of Pakistan met and praised Imran Khan and then he adresses them (May 12 2012). Why would Imran khan hold such a minority convention if he wanted to please the radicals??? Now has any other leader of PAK condemned such attacks against Shias, hindus or christians as Imran has done? Has any other politician condemned Mumtaz Qadri other than Imran khan?? Are they trying to please the radicals??

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  • Ejaaz
    Aug 22, 2012 - 12:32AM

    Wow why can’t the government monitor mosques for flammable content? They do it all the time (or make a best effort attempt to do so, since having cent percent coverage is rather impossible) in Saudi, in Egypt, in Indonesia, in libya and even in Bangladesh…But lo and behold…pakistan seems to be cut from a different league altogether…

    And the silent majority is too apathetic to even bother dousing the fire…looks like theyve given up hope already…which is too bad…

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  • Jihad Bil-Qalam
    Aug 22, 2012 - 5:26AM

    @Abdur Rahman:
    I carefully watched your You tube postings. Imran Khan is saying that Shia killings are bad but they are being pulled by the U.S. This is clearly wrong. The Shia killings are engineered by radical Islamists who support Imran Khan, and Imran Khan does not blame them and rather malign the U. S. You cannot fool all the people all the time.

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  • Abdur Rahman
    Aug 22, 2012 - 3:12PM

    @ Jihad Bil-Qalam you clearly did not follow all the things in my post. Where has Imran khan said that the US is pulling out the shia killings?? He didn’t say anything like that in the Jalsa of chichawatni?? I told you he even condemned Lashkare Jhangvi openly for the Shia killings and demanded stern action against them (http://tribune.com.pk/story/401434/stop-targeting-hazaras-imran/) and there were then counter threats to him (http://criticalppp.com/archives/82066).

    In the interview with Lucman he starts by saying that this sectarian violence is “planned” but he doesn’t say that the radicals are not involved or that the US is doing it. He does however say that its because of the war on terror that we are not able to control sectarian violence and tht some people are taking advantage of this war; which is completely different from saying that the US is doing the sectarian violence herself.

    Also what abt the other video i posted where he says talks abt shia killings and hindu killings and goes on to say that this has nothing to do with Islam and the govt is not able to provide the poor people with security.

    And where do u get the impression that the radicals support him (see some of them talking abt him: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFOWFCMNd8o , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGb8qzngv8Q) Haven’t u read wat the TTP said abt him recently? I found i video where they have compiled different videos of IK’s statements against the radicals, the beheadings and schoold burning*:*

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_Q0iLVOY2s = in this there is also a video where he again openly condemns the radicals which attacked AHMADIS and shias.

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  • Mohammed Shuaib Sheikh
    Sep 1, 2012 - 3:15AM

    @Winky:

    Winky If you are not American then you are a European. You should not have any problem to understand this wanton accusations and violence. If Norwegian killer, the American killers and the English killers don’t make all Norwegians, Americans and the English, killers then why all Muslims deserve to be blamed as anti non Muslims?

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  • Mohammed Shuaib Sheikh
    Sep 1, 2012 - 3:18AM

    @faraz:

    Faraz all you have to do is look around and you will find such shameful incidents in every country.

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  • Mohammed Shuaib Sheikh
    Sep 1, 2012 - 3:20AM

    @ali mustafa:
    Ali mustafa let the justice take its course and wait for the result.

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  • Mohammed Shuaib Sheikh
    Sep 1, 2012 - 3:22AM

    @Asad:

    Police are no medical experts.

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  • Mohammed Shuaib Sheikh
    Sep 1, 2012 - 3:31AM

    @Dr Reddy: Very good suggestion but Dr Reddy where will you send Untouchables whose even shadow religiously pollutes Hindus? And if an untouchable drinks from your well you murder him/her. You would have done better if you had spoken for justice for the Christian minor rather than fish in troubled waters. A Punjabi proverb for you: Sweep under your own bed first.

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  • Mohammed Shuaib Sheikh
    Sep 1, 2012 - 3:33AM

    @Faraz: I have not heard about burning the poor girl.

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  • Mohammed Shuaib Sheikh
    Sep 1, 2012 - 3:47AM

    @Umar: It is the climate that Pakistani rulers have created by showing two fingers to the Supreme court of Pakistan. It has given the criminals the idea that they can get away with anything like the rulers are getting away with murder. These rulers in turn have the blessings of the Western rulers.

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  • Mohammed Shuaib Sheikh
    Sep 1, 2012 - 3:49AM

    @gp65: Untouchables

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  • Mohammed Shuaib Sheikh
    Sep 1, 2012 - 3:51AM

    @BruteForce: Untouchables please note BruteForces advice.

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  • Mohammed Shuaib Sheikh
    Sep 1, 2012 - 3:57AM

    @Vikram: Untouchables and Muslims are killed as a routine matter in Hindustan.

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  • Mohammed Shuaib Sheikh
    Sep 1, 2012 - 3:58AM

    @Asok:
    Untouchables and Muslims in Hindustan are human beings and Hindustanis.

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  • Mohammed Shuaib Sheikh
    Sep 1, 2012 - 4:03AM

    Both communities should learn to live together and respect each others’ beliefs. Un necessary and un justified use of loud speakers by mosques should be banned and so playing loud music by churches and temples at the time of the call for prayers be banned.

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